Two british freelance journalists killed in Syria, CPJ reports

According to Committee to Project Journalists, two freelance British journalists were killed and a third was wounded from an attack on Monday by Syrian security forces.

The two deceased journalists, who are of Algerian descent, have been identified as Naseem Intriri and Walid Bled by The Spanish daily El Mundo and witnesses interviewed by CPJ have confirmed their identities. The identity of the wounded journalist has not be revealed.

The journalists were filming a documentary about Syrians escaping the conflict and fleeing to Turkey in Darkoush in Idlib province, where the attack occurred. Darkoush is a town near the Turkish border where the journalists were staying and is a center of the conflict, according to news reports.

Syrian security forces began shooting at the house where the journalists were staying Monday morning, an eyewitness told CPJ. The eyewitness said one of the journalists was shot in the head and the other in the chest. Their bodies were taken by the security forces, although this information has not been corroborated in news reports.

The wounded journalist was shot in the shoulder and was driven to a hospital in Antakya, Turkey by Syrians who crossed the border.




About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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